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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Berlin (Germany)) in October 2019.
I was recruited via Linkedin for "Expert Hire" position in McKinsey Digital. The process is pretty close to the standard one - web training session, followed by a case coaching session over the phone and then the standard interviews over video conference - PEI and Case.
The difference is that the core of your answers has to be on digital, with clear digital examples for PEI, even if they are probing your personal qualities overall. Also the case was on digital and you had to stick to mostly digital questions and solutions, even if you could think it in a broader business and market context.
Overall, the experience was ok, but you have to be committed to the process, study hard and try to change the way you organise your train of thoughts. I think the most challenging part for me was to fit innovation into the 30 seconds MESE style. By default, MESE is a very waterfall way of thinking, versus the agile way you're used to as a tech person. In a 30 sec MESE answer it is challenging to make sure you covered all the basics, but also be innovative, creative and out of the box. It started to become a fun experiment at some point.
What did put me off was the fact that they were very oriented towards the paid performance aspect of digital growth and didn't seem to care much about organic strategies, retention or growth experimentation outside programatic and DSPs. The position was for Digital Marketing Expert.
Also on the down side was that the video conference interviews were one sided video, so practically they were phone interviews, where the case is dictated to you and you have to keep track of the information, provide answers and details without any visual contact or feedback - while they're watching you. It doesn't feel right.
There were several red signals like these that told me that McKinsey might not be the right fit for me and by the time I got their answer I was sure I don't want to continue the process.